IMMIGRATION police have issued a firm warning to business owners after raids on two Mablethorpe takeaways found four people were in the country illegally.
Officers from both the UK Border Agency and Lincolnshire Police caught a Bangladeshi man working illegally at Mo’s Takeaway in Victoria Road last Tuesday night, January 24.
The man had overstayed his visa and was arrested on the scene.
And on January 5 three more illegal immigrants from Bangladesh were found at Indian Flavour in Mablethorpe High Street.
Police sealed the exits before questioning those present and checking their immigration statuses.
Two men were found in the kitchen and a third was found hiding behind a chair. When officers asked why he was hiding, he said he was ‘trying to keep warm’.
Two of the three men had overstayed their visas and the third was found to have entered the UK unlawfully.
The trio were also arrested on-scene.
Paul Tranter, from the UK Border Agency’s Lincolnshire Team, said they were ‘cracking down on illegal working’ and any businesses taking on illegal workers would face ‘heavy fines and possible prosecution’.
The owner of Mo’s will be fined up to £10,000 unless he can prove he took sufficient steps to verify the worker’s credentials, such as checking his passport.
No fine was served on the Indian Flavour owner as none of the men were seen working when officers arrived, and no customers were present. The UK Border Agency is now taking action to remove all four Bangladeshi men from the country ‘as soon as possible’.
The Leader contacted Mo’s Takeaway but the owner was unwilling to comment on the story.
No one was available to speak to us from Indian Flavour at time of going to press.
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